Cardiac tests are used to diagnose and treat heart disease and peripheral vascular (vein and artery) diseases that can put you at risk for a stroke, heart attack, blood clot and loss of limbs. Non-invasive tests, like cardiac event monitors, stress tests, Holter monitors, echocardiograms (cardiac echo) and electrocardiograms (EKGs), are typically performed in an outpatient setting and provide your doctor with important information to make an accurate diagnosis.
Hours and Locations
Grand View Health has four outpatient centers conveniently located in Harleysville, Pennsburg, Quakertown and Sellersville. Each outpatient center offers a variety of primary care and specialty physician practices (i.e., OB-GYN, cardiology), as well as X-rays, lab services and more, all in one convenient location. Our list of outpatient centers provides the services and hours available, which vary by location. Each location has its own central registration desk, which is where patients should report to prior to having a test.
Types of Cardiac Tests
Cardiac Stress Test: Stress tests are used to help diagnose coronary heart disease, assess your exercise capability, and determine how well your heart handles its workload.
Echocardiogram (cardiac echo): An echocardiogram, also called a cardiac echo, is an ultrasound scan of the heart that uses high-frequency sound waves to provide pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers.
Electrocardiogram (EKG): An EKG is a test that measures and records the heart’s electrical signals as they travel through the heart. Patterns among the heartbeats and rhythms help doctor’s diagnose various heart conditions.
Holter Monitor: A Holter monitor is a portable battery-powered device that records your heart’s electrical activity.
Preparing For Your Procedure
If your healthcare provider determines that cardiac testing is required, be prepared to ask questions about the procedure, such as what information the test will provide, the benefits of doing the test, and the next steps to consider if the test indicates a problem.
Follow all instructions given by your healthcare provider. You may be told to not eat or drink anything for a certain amount of time before your test, stop taking certain medications, or wear loose-fitting clothing.
Scheduling a Cardiac Test
Your Test Results
- The Joint Commission
- The American Heart/American Stroke Association
- The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories